Kia UK Limited is poised to open a new training centre – the Kia Academy – in Derby. Scheduled for completion by year end 2023, the new facility initiates the next generation of Kia apprenticeships and dealer training programmes.
The move to the new 40,000 sq. ft. building within St. Modwen Park (a new business park on the outskirts of the city) is part of Kia’s plan to provide quality and pioneering technical training to the next generation of automotive professionals.
The building, customised exclusively for Kia UK, will facilitate advanced electrified training, STEM skills and upskill apprentice and adult learner technicians – up to 1,500 per annum – and empower them to become experts in electrification.
The new facility is expected to employ around 15-17 full-time staff. The site will incorporate a reception area and showroom, showcasing Kia’s Global Store Concept and new corporate identity – as seen at the newest Kia dealerships.
The workshop will be equipped with the latest ramps, tooling equipment and resources to ‘prepare apprentices and technicians for the challenges of tomorrow’s automotive landscape’.
Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK Limited, said: “We are thrilled to bring our new and enhanced Kia Academy to Derby. This move represents our commitment to supporting STEM education, driving electrification and helping our dealer partners build the workforce and skills they need for the future. Our investment in the new training Academy showcases our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation and sustainability, while solidifying Kia’s position as a leader
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The new Kia Academy replaces the previous location in Nottingham, which had been Kia’s training base since 2012.
Kia plans to open the new training facility in 2024.